5 Things to Know About: Rutgers

As the Orange stand on the track of their final season in the Big East Conference, learn about the first hurdle they will have to jump with CuseNation.com inside.

The Syracuse Orange and Rutgers Scarlet Knights will face off as Big East Conference foes for the last time in this match.

Syracuse has chosen to join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), while Rutgers made the decision to head to the Big Ten Conference for their future.

This match will open conference play for both teams as they play in their farewell season in the Big East.

Here is what you need to know about the Scarlet Knights going into their match with the Orange:

1. Their top performer is guard Myles Mack:

Mack is the team's best shooter from three-point territory as well as in the field overall. He enters this match making 51.2% of his long range attempts and 58.9% of his total tries on the court through 11 games.

The sophomore guard also makes the effort to create opportunities for his teammates, tied for the team lead in total assists through 11 games, with 30, and the average number of assists made per game, with 2.7.

On the defensive end, Mack is atop all Scarlet Knights this season in total steals, with 22, and steals per game, with two.

2. Beating the 2-3 zone with long range:

One of the best means of overcoming the coverage of Syracuse's 2-3 zone is to make baskets from beyond the arc. With less players covering the arc than are covering the inside, players like Mack can excel.

Mack has already made 22 of his 43 attempts from three-point range, meaning that he is connecting on more than half of the attempts he takes from deep.

Fellow guard Eli Carter also likes to try from beyond the arc, taking the most three-point attempts for Rutgers with 54, but has been less successful, connecting on 17 of those tries, making almost 30% less than Mack from three-point range.

3. The most frequent shooter is Eli Carter:

Carter has taken more attempts, on average, than any of his Rutgers' teammates through the team's first 11 games.

He is the only Scarlet Knights' player to average double-digits in attempts, shooting approximately 12 times a game.

Carter makes approximately five of his 12 attempts per game. He has made 56 of his 133 attempts overall.

4. At the charity stripe:

In close game scenarios with both the University of Detroit Mercy Titans and the Temple Owls, Syracuse has had to rely on their makes and their adversaries hopeful misses at the foul line in order to emerge with a win.

The Orange went 1-1 in those games.

Their match with Rutgers will not be any easier because Mack and Carter are both making close to or better than 90% of their attempts at the free-throw line.

5. On the boards:

The Orange must make sure to contain Judge, as he is currently leading Rutgers in total rebounds, with 76, and also holds their highest average per game, with 6.9 boards.

The majority of his rebounds, 57 of his 76, have come on the defensive end, resulting in a team-best average of 5.2 defensive rebounds per game.

The other 1.7 rebounds per game come on the offensive end for Judge, where he has grabbed 19 rebounds through the Scarlet Knights' 11 games, placing him at second overall, behind only guard/forward Dane Miller.

Keeping Judge off of the offensive glass is vital because he is currently the second best shooter on the team, making 57.1% of his attempts.


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